Liberty Electric Cars Reveals DELIVER Electric Van
Liberty Electric Cars announced that, together with 9 other partners, it completed the prototype of the next generation of electric delivery vehicles – the DELIVER.
It’s a pure electric car, which was developed thanks to financing by the European Commissions’ 7th Framework Programme – Design of Electric LIght Vans for Environment-impact Reduction. The project began in November 2011 and will end in October 2014.
“The project, which is co-funded by the European Commission as part of the European Green Vehicles Initiative, is coordinated by Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University and gathers ten partners from across Europe, including major OEMs, research partners and cities’ representatives. The consortium comprises Fiat (IT), Volkswagen (DE), Liberty Electric Cars (UK), Michelin (CH), Polis Network (BE), SP – Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SE), HPL Prototypes (UK) as well as CADEM (TR) und Mobit (TR).”
The prototype will debut at FISITA World Automotive Congress, which starts today, June 2014, in Maastricht (NL).
The goal for the project was to design a vehicle with lower environmental impact in urban areas.
“The result is a light weight commercial vehicle of 2,200 kg GVW and a payload of 700 kg, with a host of innovative features for the delivery driver and 18% additional capacity when compared with today’s vans of a similar wheelbase. The concept deploys the latest electric vehicle technologies with its fully electric drive train featuring in-wheel motors with 2-speed transmission and 80 prismatic Li-NMC cells in its battery pack to increase energy efficiency and total range. The vehicle perfectly meets the demands of today’s busy delivery drivers. Thanks to its flexible ergonomic cabin concept and removal of the B pillar on the kerb side, there is a decrease in both workload and the duration of the delivery process itself.”
“The ability for the driver to easily exit the vehicle on the kerb side not only minimises walking distances around the vehicle, but improves driver safety. The “Walk in door” concept reduces potential obstacles caused by the door sills. With a minimum range of 100 km and a top speed of 100 km/h, DELIVER represents an attractive proposition for light commercial vehicles with urban and intra urban applications such as postal, parcel, supermarket and city council service operations.”
It’s hard to expect that DELIVER will enter the production stage, especially in its current futuristic shape.
Performance of over 100 km (or over 60 miles) of range seems typical and it would be difficult to compete with vehicles prepared for series production like the Nissan e-NV200.
Interesting though is the drivetrian, which utilizes two in-wheel motors and a 2-speed gearbox. This is a rather unusual combination.
Some additional information can found in this presentation on the project.